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    Will E39 16x7 style 5s fit the E32? (tyres 205/50/16)

    Hi guys,

    Will E39 16x7 style 5s fit the E32? They're shod with 205/50/16...

    Appreciate the help!

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    Last edited by shogun; 05-21-2019 at 10:28 PM. Reason: 2 threads merged

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    HELP EXPERTS: Will E39 16x7 style 5s fit the E32? (tyres 205/50/16)

    Hi guys,

    Will E39 16x7 style 5s fit the E32?

    They're shod with 205/50/16...

    Appreciate the help!

    Chris

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    HELP PLEASE EXPERTS: Will E39 16x7 style 5s fit the E32? (tyres 205/50/16)

    Hi guys,

    Will E39 16x7 style 5s fit the E32?

    They're shod with 205/50/16...

    Appreciate the help!

    Chris

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    If you want to use E39 wheels (hub center = 74mm) you will need hubcentric, upgrades wheels and tires http://www.bmwe34.net/E34main/Upgrad...ls_upgrade.htm
    Standard is
    Hub center diametre: 72.5 mm
    Number of bolts: 5
    Pattern: 120 mm (See picture)
    Offset (ET): 20mm, The offset is the distance from the hub mounting surface to the centerline of the wheel. Wrong offset = bad handling.
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    Any E39 fitment wheel will need "hubcentric" rings as the E39 hub is slightly larger, 72.56 for E32 (and most other BMWs) vs. 74.1 for the E39(&X5?).
    I suspect that tire will fit too, albeit an odd choice.
    I see you have the same answer in all FOUR threads you've started, seems like a consensus.
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    The hub centers would be a different size than the e32 I believe

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    Yes, but you will need a hub-centric ring as the E39 uses a 76mm while the E32 uses a 74mm hub, or is it 72mm? Either way you will need the ring.
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    Use the aluminum ones, not the plastic ones. I had to put a piece of masking tape around my hubs to get them to stay on the hub and it has worked well for me for years.

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    E39 wheels will fit with hubcentric rings as mentioned previously. 205/50/16 is a very small tyre for an E32 though... seems more like an E36 size. E32's usually run 225/55/16 or 235/50/16.
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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by jclausen View Post
    The hub centers would be a different size than the e32 I believe

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    e38 wheels with 235/60/16 on e32?

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    Will e38 wheels with 235/60/16 fit on an e32?

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    I merged all your wheels/tire questions threads in E32 forum and wheel/tire forum here. http://www.bmwe34.net/E34main/Upgrad...ls_upgrade.htm
    The E38 wheels will fit, tires recommended
    16x7.5" Wheels:
    215/55-16
    225/55-16
    approved tire/wheel combinations accdg to the 1988 U.K. owners manual, steel wheels, alloy wheels, offset, tire sizes, it is all here https://750il.bmw7.hu/owners_manual/page_087.html
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    Thank you @shogun. Appreciate your expertise...
    The wheels are 16x8 (style 4s very nice) slightly different to what's covered in the guide. It seems 245/45/16 might work, to accommodate the width, without being too tall...What are your thoughts?
    Again, thank you. New to the e32 community.

    Quote Originally Posted by shogun View Post
    I merged all your wheels/tire questions threads in E32 forum and wheel/tire forum here. http://www.bmwe34.net/E34main/Upgrad...ls_upgrade.htm
    The E38 wheels will fit, tires recommended
    16x7.5" Wheels:
    215/55-16
    225/55-16
    approved tire/wheel combinations accdg to the 1988 U.K. owners manual, steel wheels, alloy wheels, offset, tire sizes, it is all here https://750il.bmw7.hu/owners_manual/page_087.html

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    I think you may need spacers with 245 tires. I run 225/55-16 on my 735iL and the inner tire rubs slightly against the strut, just enough to remove the dirt.

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    Thanks – a 215/55/16 sounds like the way to go.

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